Salleh Rejoining Umno Not A Done Deal Just Yet

KOTA KINABALU: Former Umno strongman Datuk Seri Mohd Salleh Tun Said, who had applied to rejoin the party he had ditched after it lost power two years ago, may find it easier said than done.

Word has it that certain quarters within the party here with whom he does not enjoy the best of relations may not be keen to see him make a comeback.

Such seeds of discontent may turn out to be a hurdle for him this time, they said.

Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, however, has gone on record to say the former Umno treasurer would be welcomed back.

He was reported as saying they were confident that Salleh’s membership would be accepted as it was Sabah Umno’s intention to allow for all its members who had left party to return to the fold.

On his part Salleh, a former federal minister, said the was leaving it to Umno president Datuk Zahid Hamidi and the supreme council as well as Sabah Umno to decide whether to accept him back.

In a posting on his blog, Salleh said his membership application was submitted on May 26.

He said his decision to leave Sabah Umno en bloc on Dec 12, 2018 was a mistake.

“I intend to contribute my efforts and energy with Umno,” he said in his posting on Monday just a day after he announced his decision to cancel his application to join PKR.

The 61-year-old former Sabah chief minister under Barisan Nasional, lost his Kota Belud parliamentary seat to political newcomer Isnaraissah Munirah from Parti Warisan Sabah in the May 2018 general election.

Salleh then joined the exodus of Sabah Umno leaders to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) that spread its wings to Sabah in April 2019.

However, Salleh and former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin were among some of the prominent former Sabah Umno leaders not accepted by Bersatu led then by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Salleh went on to apply to join PKR led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim but his application hit a snag following objections from Sabah PKR led by Datuk Christina Liew.